Altair 8800a on EBAY

From: Richard Erlacher <>
Date: Wed Oct 3 07:31:28 2001

Though the "old computer" market has reflected little that resembles any sort of
common sense. I can't imagine why you'd believe that an item, the supply of
which is finite, and the demand for which seems to have grown steadily since its
introduction, in spite of its qualitative aspects, (meaning I think it is, was,
and always will be a bit of rubbish, but that's from where I sit) would decrease
in the future. Its value hasn't increased, but its price has. That's the way
of things collectable. After a certain point, its technical merits are
completely irrelevant. Think of it as a big, clunky, indian-head penny.

I'd say your guesstimate of a decrease in the future is based more on wishful
thinking than on a realistic view of the collectors' probable behavior.

----- Original Message -----
From: "Mike Ford" <>
To: <>
Sent: Tuesday, October 02, 2001 10:11 AM
Subject: Re: Altair 8800a on EBAY

> > I
> >have been considering buying one of these machines as an investment.
> >While I am a computer programmer
> My guess is that prices will stay flat for a few more years, then rapidly
> drop to about 5% of current levels.
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